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(Updated   December 12  2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 963 million
Mobiles  936 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  300 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  80  million (wired: 15 million;   wireless : 65  million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

- NEW! Internet users in India will cross 300 million by December 2014: study
- More than half of e-tail customers do IT from mobile phones
- Sluggish Indian printer -copier business in Q 1 2014: IDC numbers
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

- Worldwide  mobile usage: Ericsson study

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Chinese phone maker vivo enters India market with world's thinnest smartphone
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Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker: great sound, unwired
IT happened in India
  McKinsey study points to 12 key techs to transform India
 Mumbai, December 17 2014: A  new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report identifies a dozen technologies, ranging from the mobile Internet to cloud computing to advanced genomics, which could have a combined economic impact of $550 billion to $1 trillion a year in 2025. ....
Chinese phone maker vivo enters India market with world's thinnest smartphone
New Delhi, December 16, 2014:  Thin continues to be in - and the thinnest phone has just entered India, courtesy Chinese maker vivo.   On Monday, the company formally launched its operations in this country, with a Bollywood style razzmatazz at Gurgaon's  Kingdom of Dreams --   and the unveiling of an initial slate of  5 handsets ranging in price from around Rs 7000 to Rs 33,000. ....
YouTube allows Indian users to download content for offline viewing
Bangalore, December 15 2014: Last week's much hyped YouTube gift -- the ability to download  India-interest content and view it offline -- is a case of too little, too late. ...
External ink tanks, wide print heads may usher in new inkjet era
Year-end technology trends Inkjets are slowly  become user-friendly --  and may soon be   dramatically faster By Anand Parthasarathy December 15 2014: Two weeks ago, in this spot,  we reviewed the state of the art in  home and small office  laser printers and  found the technology barely evolved from its early days. ...
World wide Web Index finds India in the lower half of nations ranked
Geneva: December 13 2014:  The Web has changed our lives. But to harness its full benefit, we need to understand how countries and people use it, and its impact on on development and human rights. ...

Education and e-learning
EdX to offer IIT Bombay course on Signals & Systems
New Delhi,  December 17, 2014: IIT Bombay has launched its two-part course on Signals and Systems on the edX platform. Signals and Systems, Part 1, an 8-week course, will start on January 15th, 2015 and will explore the various properties of signals and systems, characterization of Linear Shift Invariant Systems, convolution and Fourier Transform. ....
edX partners Microsoft, integrates OfficeMix into MOOC authoring tools
Bangalore, December 11 2014:  Massive Open Online Course  specialists edX  has partnered with Microsoft  to enable  course creators to integrate Office Mix into their edX courses. Created by founding partners Harvard and MIT, edX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations to millions of students. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
From ANA, a smartphone app to help passengers relax during takeoff
Singapore, December 18, 2014:  All Nippon Airways (ANA),  has developed an app to help passengers relax and take their minds off during  takeoff.  The ‘ANA Takeoff Mode’ app takes the form of a simple but absorbing puzzle where users have to maneuver a ball on screen to collect points, with relaxing music playing in the background. ....
Global WiFi map reveals nearly 48 million hotspots worldwide
'Messy, fragmented'  WiFi scene worldwide;  29,000+  in India; soon 60%  of planes will offer WiFi Redwood Shores(CA, USA): December10 2014–The world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network, iPass Inc.,  has published the results of research into global public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments in the form of a  WiFi Growth Map. ....

Indian healthcare provider, HelpingDoc, receives Rs 100 million infusion from Singapore investor
New Delhi, November 18, 2014: Singapore-based Senior Marketing Systems Asia Pte  (SMS) is to  invest the equivalent of Rs 100 million in, a  two year old  Indian  gateway for healthcare providers to connect to their patients. ....
Students from ISB win global prize, $ 1 m funding for their health tool
November 6 2014:  A diagnostic tool for chronic disease management -- ‘Doc in the Box’  -- has won for  five  students  from the Indian School of Business (ISB; with campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali) , the prestigious Hult Prize and a  $ 1 million funding support from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). ....
UST's mobile telemedicine application harnesses Blackberry service
New Delhi, September  30, 2014: IT services  company, UST Global,  has  joined  Blackberry India and  Dr. ...

Product Pulse
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker: great sound, unwired
December 15 2014: Bose first went wireless some  three years ago  and since then has been rather deliberate in rolling out untethered music accessories.  The latest  SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker is its lightest  offering yet -- and we mean that both weight -wise  and on the purse. ....
Gionee ElifeS 5.1: Get smart!
The Gionee ELIFE S 5.1  feels light but is a heavyweight performer By V. Sudhakshina If you are  looking  for a chic  smartphone with some  decent features  the Gionee ELIFE S 5.1 might be  a good choice.  Weighing 97. ....
iBall Slide WQ 149: This Tablet does double duty
Bangalore, November 24 2014:  If you can't make up your mind whether to go in for a lightweight notebook PC  or a larger tablet, the iBall Slide (WQ149) might solve your dilemma. ...

IT's for you
  Acer brings its best selling Chromebook to India
New Delhi Dec 11, 2014: Acer India  launched its latest notebook, the 11” C720 Chromebook,   based on the Google design. Fuelled by an Intel processor based on the Haswell micro-architecture, it provides up to 8.5 hours of battery life  and boots up in 7 seconds. ....
Zebronics offers a UPS which caters to micro loads
New Delhi, December 11, 2014: Zebronix has launched a UPS in India -- the first which  works even for very small loads.  The UPS has been designed and tested at Zebronics’ in-house R&D facility. While the Zeb-MLS750 system provides secure and reliable protection against incoming power faults as would any UPS, its unique feature is the Micro Load Sense ( MLS) technology. ....
SapnaOnline gains 3 web book sites with Ishita acquisition
Bangalore, December 4, 2014 :, the  digital arm of India’s largest multi brand retail book store,  Sapna Book House,   is to acquire Ishita Technologies with its  three online brands,  brands Bookadda. ...
Bosch crafts post-crash response app
Bangalorew, November 30 2014: Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions India (RBEI)  has  created an app  --  Smart Emergency Crash Notification (sECN) --to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision. ...
New Panasonic Eluga I phone follows your gestures
New Delhi, Nov 26,  2014: Panasonic has brought its  ELUGA smartphone series to India, launching ELUGA I this week, a handset with 'smart swipe' features. ...

IT people
  Change of guard at HCL Infosystems: Premkumar at the helm from New Year
New Delhi, December 11, 2014: IT Services and Solutions Company HCL Infosystems,   has appointed Premkumar, Executive Vice Chairman as the new Managing Director of the company, effective January 1, 2015. Harsh Chitale who decided to take a role outside the company and has relinquished his role as the Managing Director and CEO, says: “I have really liked the challenge for the last four years in leading HCL Infosystems through a difficult business environment. ....
Gerald Jaideep is COO at SimpliLearn
Bangalore December 7, 2014: Simplilearn, the world’s largest online certification destination, has appointed Gerald Jaideep as its new Chief Operating Officer. Jaideep was previously associated with the company as a consultant since September, 2013. ....
Amarinder Dhaliwal to lead YU brand business for Micromax
Gurgaon, November 28, 2014:  Amarinder S Dhaliwal, former co-founder & CEO of DONE BY NONE, is to be  the Chief Operating Officer (COO)  of  Micromax Informatics, new Internet brand, YU. ...

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IT Law Shouldn't Breach Citizen's Right to Speech
The Modi government should take a stand on the draconian provisions of the Information Technology Act. The slew of petitions before the Supreme Court is a measure of the concern Section 66 and its sub-sections have caused among all IT users. They are so sweeping in nature that anybody who sends or forwards an email, which may be “offensive”, can be given three years’ imprisonment. Editorial in New Indian Express December 12 2014

Indian executives rising to top roles in Silicon Valley
Many of the world's most exciting new companies - Twitter, Dropbox, Tesla, Airbnb — are being driven by Indians in top management roles. Contrary to popular perception, they are no longer limited to just technology, which Indians are traditionally known for. Economic Times November 18 2014


8 years, 800 m handsets later, Nokia shutters Chennai plant
The 800-plus remaining employees at Nokia’s Sriperumbdur plant now have no choice but to opt for a voluntary retirement scheme as operations are to be suspended from November 1.  Hindu Businessline November 1 2014


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